Bright ruby colour. The nose is plummy and rounded, very typical of perfectly ripe Merlot. There are hints of spice and a touch of iron filings that give the wine a sense of place. The palate is rounded, with silky tannins a seductive red fruit at the core. This is a spicy and juicy, open-knit example that is already approachable. Plump and generous to the finish. Drink now, or over the next 5-8 years.
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Canon bursts from the glass with expressive notions of baked black cherries, kirsch, plum preserves and black raspberries plus hints of red roses, Ceylon tea, black olives and fertile loam. Medium-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant and refined, with a soft, finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. The blend is 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc and it was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate